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BLG taps Allen & Overy for first COO

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has hired Allen & Overy global head of knowledge management David Jabbari to become its first chief operating officer. Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has hired Allen & Overy (A&O) global head of knowledge management David Jabbari to become its first chief operating officer. Jabbari, who will join BLG in […]

Paul Marsh: Downs

Who would you least like to be stuck in a lift with and why?Gordon Brown. No ­explanation needed. What was your first-ever job?Car salesman. What was your worst ­experience as a trainee?Attending court to meet counsel who did not turn up. Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really […]

Separated at birth

Of all the big showbiz names, there can’t be many who boast such a diverse fan base as Welsh songbird Charlotte Church. Your gran loves her classical CDs. So does your mum. Gruff, tough rugby fans who know her as Gavin Henson’s girlfriend think she’s a bit of all right, as do readers of FHM […]

Small is beautiful for Freshfields, but it isn’t enough to crack the US

The list of Freshfields’ referral firms makes for fascinating reading, says Julia Berris. Freshfields ;Bruckhaus Deringer’s New York presence is significantly smaller than those of its magic circle counterparts ­Clifford Chance and Linklaters. With just 73 lawyers the firm’s office is virtually dwarfed by ­Clifford Chance’s lawyer count of 370 and Linklaters’ 160. Small is […]

Maples Teesdale sets US Embassy up in new site

A trio of firms have sealed the US Embassy’s move south of the Thames from its iconic 20-34 Grosvenor Square location in Mayfair. Property specialist firm Maples Teesdale advised the US Government, which entered into a conditional purchase agreement for the new Wandsworth site with Irish property developer Ballymore. Property partner Mark Bryan led Maples […]

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